When we go to the hospital we trust that the doctors will do whatever is necessary to properly diagnose and treat our medical problems. Yet that is not always the case. In a report from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical mistakes account for more than 1,000 deaths a year in the United States. Additionally, mistakes are responsible for injuries to thousands of people annually. The family of a woman who died as a result of alleged negligence has filed a lawsuit in Cook County. The lawsuit states that a hospital, doctor, nurse, and others are responsible for the wrong diagnosis, which led to the woman’s death.
Common Medical Mistakes
There are many types of mistakes that can occur. Some of the most common types of medical mistakes include:
· Medication Errors · Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose · Surgical Mistakes · Handoff Errors · Infections
Mistakes can happen at any medical facility or by any medical professional. For example, medication errors can be made by the prescribing doctor, by the pharmacy when fulfilling the order, or by a nurse or caregiver when administering the drugs. A mistake in any of these areas could cause serious harm or even death in some instances. When a medical mistake happens it is often negligence, a form of medical malpractice.
In this case, the lawsuit paperwork claims that the woman went to the emergency room at Rush Oak Park Hospital after falling on her left side. X-rays were completed that day and a doctor determined that she had a hip fracture which required hip replacement surgery. According to the documents, the woman experienced significant pain after the surgery. Later it was determined that not all the doctors were in agreement that the woman had a broken pelvis and there was confusion on the part of the medical team. The negligence contributed to her death less than two years later.
Medical negligence or malpractice happens when a doctor or medical professional does something that is not considered adequate medical care. The doctor may perform a negligent act or may fail to do something that should have been done. In this situation, the medical team responsible for the woman’s care was negligent because they did not properly diagnose the woman’s medical condition correctly.
Because of the misdiagnosis, the treatment provided was likely incorrect as well. The resulting harm to the woman was probably worsened because of her age. However, age does not matter when discussing medical malpractice. Those who are victims of malpractice or medical mistakes may be entitled to compensation to recover damages sustained as a result. The lawsuit in this case is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 to cover medical costs, pain and suffering and other costs in addition to legal fees.
If your loved one was seriously hurt or died as a result of medical malpractice it is necessary to seek legal assistance. The law limits the time to file a lawsuit to recoup the money lost because of the injury. Contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to get the justice you deserve.
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